3D Documentation of Stone Sites at Ilulissat, West Greenland

Chiara Villa, Marie Louise Schjellerup Jørkov, Christian Koch Madsen, Jens Fog Jensen

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In this chapter, we show how Structure from Motion (SfM) photogrammetry and Computed Tomography (CT) scanning were implemented for documenting and interpreting graves and human remains, which were excavated in Greenland during the summers of 2018 and 2019. The burial sites are characterised by isolated stone graves that were built with either single or multiple chambers. Both single- and multi-individual graves were discovered. Photogrammetric documentation as well as traditional sketches of the graves were performed during each excavation phase. Here, we discuss how these two approaches correlate and complement each other, including highlighting the advantages and drawbacks of each method. We also show how 3D models of the human remains from CT scanning and 3D models of a grave obtained from SfM photogrammetry were combined and used to give an illustrative and more comprehensive view of the stone-built features, as well as to assist in the overall interpretation.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSpringer Nature Switzerland AG
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-77027-3
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2022
SeriesSpringer Series on Cultural Computing

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